Rucker announces headlining tour
Thursday, September 1, 2011
– When Darius Rucker returns stateside, he'll celebrate more than just his first European tour since his days with Hootie, as the singer will be headlining his first U.S. tour beginning this fall.
Joining Rucker for select dates will be Rodney Atkins, Frankie Ballard, Thompson Square and Justin Moore.
"I haven't headlined a tour since Hootie, so to say I'm excited is an understatement," said Rucker. "It has been such an incredible experience to tour with Paisley and Rascal Flatts, and I've learned a lot being on the road with them. With this tour, I'm just excited to perform again for our fans, and I'm thrilled to have Rodney, Frankie, Justin, and Thompson Square joining us."
Upcoming dates are:
Oct. 6 Glens Falls, NY w/ Rodney Atkins and Frankie Ballard
Oct. 7 Indiana, PA w/ Rodney Atkins and Frankie Ballard
Oct. 8 Syracuse, NY w/ Rodney Atkins and Frankie Ballard
Oct. 20 Charlotte, NC w/ Rodney Atkins and Frankie Ballard
Oct. 21 Raleigh, NC w/ Rodney Atkins and Frankie Ballard
Oct. 22 Cincinnati, OH w/ Rodney Atkins and Frankie Ballard
Oct. 23 Pikeville, KY w/ Rodney Atkins and Frankie Ballard
12 North Charleston, SC w/ Thompson Square and Justin Moore
Additional dates will be announced.
Rucker is now in Europe because he rejoined Brad Paisley for the H2O II: Wetter and Wilder Tour, which kicked off last week at London's O2 Arena and will continue through Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Rucker signed with Capitol Records Nashville in 2007 and released his country debut, "Learn to Live," in 2008, which landed at number 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. His first record garnered three consecutive chart topping singles and earned him the CMA New Artist of the Year Award.
When Rucker returned to the studio with Frank Rogers to record his sophomore release, he penned 77 songs for the album with the last song written becoming the lead single, Come Back Song. The result was the chart-topping October 2010 release, "Charleston, SC 1966," which has produced 2 number 1's with Come Back Song and This.
Rucker's shows center around the music found on his country albums, but he will embrace his Hootie & The Blowfish days by turning Let Her Cry into a very sad, slow country tune or rely on the acoustic intro to Hold My Hand. With his band, The Carolina Grey Boys, Rucker plays countrified versions of the hits.
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